Early bloom and warm summer means early apple crop


FLY CREEK, N.Y. (WKTV) - New York State is the second largest producer of apples in the country.

This year, there is good news for apple growers. An early bloom and warm summer means the crop is two weeks early.

The New York State Apple Association is expecting about 27 million bushels this year - that's about six million less than last year. But the early crop means the fruit will be sweeter and bigger than in years past.

Fly Creek Cider Mill co-owner Bill Michaels says even a Mother's Day storm didn't stop his fruit from developing.

"We've had an awful lot of sunshine, the crops are great this year," he said.

The early fruit will also make the taste of apple cider sweeter than usual. Fly Creek is firing up their cider press on Labor Day weekend.

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